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Title: Survivor: Blackout
Author: Peter Anderson & Peter Millar (Translator)
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe
Acquired Via: JKS Communications
First Episode: July 21, 2014
Last Episode: October 6, 2014
SURVIVOR: A digital serial novel in 12 episodes.
The year is 2012. In CERN, the huge research facility near Geneva, Switzerland, a crucial experiment is reaching its final stage. Its objective: to send a manned space probe to a distant planet, in order to find a cure for Earth's dwindling mineral resources. But then, something unforeseen happens. Lost in an unknown place, the crew of the SURVIVOR is revived from a deep-freeze sleep. Three of its members have no recollection of how they've got on board. The fourth, Commander Ryan Nash, remembers it all - but can he trust his memories? They soon realize that the power of their ship is exhausted, the air is growing stale. And that someone is trying to breach the ship's hull from the outside ...
Okay, I may not have been sold on serials before, but I can now definitely understand why it works after reading Peter Anderson's Survivor: Blackout (the first episode in the series). Not only did it keep me on the edge of my seat and leave me wanting more, but it's going to keep me coming back and spending money to find out what happens after the To Be Continued...
*screams in frustration*
It's not that bad, but still. I'm a huge fan of instant gratification when it comes to books and series, and I'm probably going to go crazy having to wait for each episode to release. Don't you know who I am?! No one THAT important, unfortunately.
I'm a sci-fi addict, so Survivor: Blackout was more up my alley than all of these mysteries that I've been reading lately. There are five people on the ship that goes in search of a new power source for Earth. Only four of them wake up after being cryogenically frozen, and only one has his memories intact. All of these people have special powers, but the individual whose heart rate is steadily dropping is especially needed for the mission.
There's also a bit of a problem on Earth that we get to see as the points of view switch around. A really big f***ing problem, actually. One that makes me nervous because who knows what scientists are up to except bumbling around almost ending the world, amiright?!
Are you on the edge of your seat yet? Oh that's right, go read Survivor: Blackout, and you will be. It's super short, so it won't take you long to read it. It will, however, take forever for the next episode to come out.
About Bastei Lübbe
After more than 60 years of success in the European literary market, German publishing giant Bastei Lübbe is venturing into brand new territory and launching projects in the United States for the first time.
The revolutionary publishing company is expanding with the introduction of new book series and digital apps beginning this spring. Making its American debut, Bastei Lübbe has a strong reputation for issuing popular fiction titles by esteemed authors and up and coming writers.
Bastei Lübbe has proven to be a master of innovation by taking on projects beyond traditional publishing. The company is rolling out its fact-based, cross platform project “Netwars – Out of CTRL” starting this spring, which includes a graphic novel app simultaneously made available in five languages, an e-book series, audio book series and several interactive video documentaries for television and the web. Netwars will be available on IOS, Google Play, Amazon and Samsung.
“These are exciting times for digital publishing and especially for our team at Bastei Entertainment,” said head of international sales Colin Lovrinovic. “Netwars is a great example of how we work. It’s a gripping story told through various channels, which gives you the possibility to dive incredibly deep into it – or to just choose your favorite medium.”
A successful IPO and tirelessly working to develop engaging cross vertical products puts Baste Lübbe in a unique strategic position regarding the early digital capture of new markets.
Bastei Lübbe is the publisher behind “Cotton FBI,” the most successful crime series in Germany with 1 billion copies sold. And after only 11 weeks, its e-book series “Apocalypsis” by German author Mario Giordano hit the 1 million mark for downloads in China. Its “Laura’s Star” app for children hit No. 1 in iTunes in three separate categories.
Bastei Lübbe is based in Cologne, Germany but will be launching several hundred foreign language titles over the next months through its digital publishing arm Bastei Entertainment. The company is the largest independent trade publisher in the country and a major player in the audio book industry.
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of this episode from the publisher through JKS Communications in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.